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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 22 April 1949 (USA)
A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

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A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Un yanqui en la corte del rey Arturo  »

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Trivia

Deanna Durbin, on the verge of retiring from the screen, turned down opportunities to costar with Bing Crosby in this film and his previous vehicle that year, Top o' the Morning (1949). See more »

Goofs

In the long shot where Hank makes the sun "vanish" during an eclipse (a process shot), the sun is depicted as being covered by a black disk while the sky around it remains sky-blue; in reality, the sky would go dark, as if night had fallen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hank Martin: Here ya are.
[pays taxi driver]
Hank Martin: Hey, has this castle always had four turrets?
Pendragon Castle door man: Always.
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Connections

Version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

IF YOU STUB YOUR TOE ON THE MOON
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and child chorus
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King Arthur's era revisited by Bing
8 February 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is humorous, charming, and easily becomes a favorite for those who enjoy light entertainment. Hollywood is hardly the place for serious history lessons so I simply accept it as is. Bing, in his usual inimitable style, performs quite well as the blacksmith, Hank Martin, who by accident is transported back to another age, the time of King Arthur. The beautiful Rhonda Fleming is breathtaking as Alisande, or Sandy, the object of Hank's affections although she is betrothed to the brave and formidable Sir Lancelot, played by Henry Wilcoxon.

I just love that episode when King Arthur (Cedric Hardwicke), Sir Sagramore (Wm. Bendix), and Hank (Bing Crosby) dress up in tattered clothing and take to the high road with their knapsacks to experience the kingdom at firsthand. King Arthur's comment, "I say, we are not alone" while giving his scruffy garments a good scratch, is one of those hilarious moments in the film. William Bendix's portrayal is superbly ridiculous, not to mention his attempts at quaint "ye Olde English."

The story is not deep but it's well done in my opinion and I enjoy it more each time I see it. It's great family entertainment too.


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